Polygala cruciata L.
Family: Polygalaceae
cross milkwort,  more...
[Polygala cruciata var. aquilonia L.]
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Caroline A. Creevey  
Etymology: Polygala: from Greek polys, "many or much," and gala, "milk," since it was thought that the presence of some of the species in a pasture increased the yield of milk
Plants: erect, annual, 4"-12" tall forb; stems usually branched but sometimes solitary
Leaves: mostly in whorls of 3-4
Flowers: pale rose to greenish, 5-parted, 1/4"-3/8" wide, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones large, triangular, and wing-like; inflorescence a cylindrical, mostly stalkless cluster (raceme) with a rounded top; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: damp to wet; marshes, pine barrens
Conservation Status: Native
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Jason J. Husveth  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Jason J. Husveth  
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